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10 Best Cypress Hill Songs

Before the newer sub-genre reggaeton there was Latin hip-hop, best epitomized by Cypress Hill songs -- specifically the hit 'Insane in the Brain,' as well as other cannabis-themed tracks. Bilingual band Cypress Hill successfully straddled both the rap and rock worlds; and now, after a six year gap, they are back with their eighth studio album, 'Rise Up,' due out on April 20th. The album features collaborations with Tom Morello (from Rage Against the Machine), Mike Shinoda (from Linkin Park), Daron Malakian (from System Of A Down), The Alchemist, Everlast and of course, Cheech and Chong. Two singles have been released so far; the title track and 'Armada Latina' which includes guest vocals by Marc Anthony and the ubiquitous Pitbull. In addition, band member B-Real is hosting a video blog from his studio in L.A. on AOL's the Boombox every Tuesday until the album's release. You can check out the first installment here. Below are the 10 Best Cypress Hill Songs as chosen by AOL Radio listeners.
'Lowrider' is probably the best known track from the 2001 'Stoned Raiders' album. It was used on the British TV series 'Soccer AM.' The album features guest appearances by Redman, Method Man and Kurupt.
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'Hand on the Pump'
This was the second single from Cypress Hill's 1991 self-titled debut album. The album was featured in the book '1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die' and was ranked No. 57 in Spin Magazine's '90 Greatest Albums of the '90s.'
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'I Wanna Get High'
The title says it all. This track is from the 1993 'Black Sunday' album. It is one of many songs about the pleasures of lighting up. It was used in the movie 'How High' and was also included on a High Times magazine compilation to support NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).
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'Rise Up' feat. Tom Morello
The lead single and title track from Cypress Hill's new album features Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine. This Cypress Hill song was licensed to serve as the theme song for WWE's 'Elimination Chamber' pay-per-view wrestling event.
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'What's Your Number?'
This was the first single from the band's 2004 'Till Death Do Us Part' album and features Tim Armstrong from Rancid. It samples the bass line from 'Guns of Brixton' by the Clash. The music video had guest appearances from Wilder Valderrama, Slash, Everlast, Travis Barker, and Xzibit.
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'Dr. Greenthumb'
This Cypress Hill song is about lead singer B-Real's alter-ego, Dr. Greenthumb, who happens to be a marijuana grower. It's from the 1998 album 'IV.' Three tracks from this album were used in the 'Kingpin: Life of Crime' video game. Many retailers refused to carry the game because it was released right after the Columbine school shootings.
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'How Could I Just Kill a Man'
The debut single from Cypress Hill's 1991 self-titled debut album was featured in 2004's 'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' video game.Rage Against the Machine covered the song on their 2000 'Renegades' album.
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'Hits From the Bong'
'Hits from the Bong' is from the 1993 'Black Sunday' album. The album booklet contained 19 facts about the history and positive attributes of cannabis. That same year, 'Saturday Night Live' banned the group after one of its members smoked a joint on-air during a performance.
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'Rock (Superstar)'
This Cypress Hill song was from the band's fifth studio album, 'Skull & Bones,' in 2000. The album contains a hip-hop disc (Skull) and a rap metal disc (Bones). The song incorporates a unique blend of cello, violin, xylophone and electric guitar.
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'Insane in the Brain'
This was Cypress Hill's biggest hit -- reaching not only the top of the U.S. rap chart, but also the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart in 1994. It was so popular that it became widely used in the media as a cultural reference, even as recently as 2008 when MSNBC's Keith Olbermann used it in a segment called 'McCain in the Membrane.'
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